Spotlight on Black Disability History at Ohio State

A black and white photograph depicts a smiling, young Black woman seated in a wheelchair. Jean Williams wears a patterned blouse, solid pants, glasses, and a head band. Jean is seated in front of a large bookshelf with many books and papers. She is leafing through a stack of papers on her lap.

When Jean Williams enrolled at The Ohio State University in 1962, her friends tried to discourage her from becoming a Buckeye, since fewer than half the buildings on campus could accommodate her wheelchair. But Jean was undaunted, and her brother, a fellow Buckeye, carried her and her chair up flights of stairs to classes.

Click on the link below to read the full story, "Eliminating Obstacles," from The Carmen Collection.

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